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Chicago releases live hometown gig as digital download


Out today (July 9th) is Chicago's latest live release, called Chicago In Chicago. The collection is available via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, among other digital retailers. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the audio from the disc is taken from the same 2011 show from Charter-One Pavilion that was featured on the 2012 DVD of the same name, which included an appearance by the Doobie Brothers. Chicago is offering fans various quality uploads through their online store ( -- including Apple Lossless, FLAC, MP3HD, AAC, or MP3.

Just short of 45 years after recording their 1969 debut set, Chicago Transit Authority, we asked co-founding trombonist and songwriter, James Pankow, what he remembers about tracking the band's first album in the "Big Apple": "I remember having to battle with Columbia to get a double disc because the length of the songs were such that two discs we felt were necessary to capture the full scope of the music. And they had us in the studio, they gave us midnight to five a.m. as our recording time, because Simon & Garfunkel -- the big dogs -- were in the studio in prime time, so we had to record in the wee small."

The tracklisting for Chicago In Chicago is: "Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon," "Dialogue Pt. 1 & Pt.2," "Call On Me," "Old Days," "Hard Habit To Break/You're The Inspiration/Beginnings," "I'm A Man," "Just You N' Me," "Saturday In The Park," "Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away/Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Free," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?/25 Or 6 To 4."

Chicago kicks off its latest set of dates on July 20th at Kingsport, Tennessee's J. Fred Johnson Stadium.

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